Please join me in welcoming Deb Richardson-Moore to the blog to chat about her new mystery Murder, Forgotten! I love Deb’s books so I’m excited for this one that releases today!
Deb Richardson-Moore is a former newspaper journalist who writes in the cozy noir mystery genre. That is, her books fall somewhere between cozies and gritty psychological thrillers.
Her latest (due out Sept. 18, 2020) is the stand-alone Murder, Forgotten, set on dual coastlines in South Carolina and eastern Scotland.
Deb’s first three novels make up the Branigan Powers mysteries: The Cantaloupe Thief, The Cover Story and Death of a Jester. Branigan is a reporter in Georgia and is aided in her investigations by a homeless man who glides unseen through their small town. Disregarded by the townspeople, he sees and hears things that others do not — especially when it comes to mysterious deaths.
Her first book was the 2012 memoir The Weight of Mercy, which tells about her post-newspaper career as pastor of the non-denominational Triune Mercy Center, a church that includes homeless parishioners in Greenville, South Carolina. Published by Lion Hudson of Oxford, England, the memoir has been used at Harvard and Duke Divinity Schools and was named to the 2016 Reading List for United Methodist Women worldwide.
Deb and her husband, Vince, live in Greenville, South Carolina, and are the parents of three adult children.
PUBLISHER: Lion Fiction
RELEASE DATE: September 18, 2020
Julianna Burke, bestselling mystery novelist, has a secret that those closest to her are hiding from the world. Julianna is losing her memory, and with it her powerful gift for storytelling that propelled her to fame.
A further devastating blow comes when Connor, Julianna’s beloved husband, is murdered. Even this is not something Julianna’s mind can hold on to, and every day her assistant has to break the heart-wrenching news all over again.
Julianna is desperate to know what happened to her husband. As she battles her failing mind to investigate, a detail of the murder surfaces that makes Julianna question everything she’s ever known. Somehow she must fight to find the truth, even though her grip on reality is fading…
Hi Deb! Welcome to the blog!
Deb: Dogs, as you will see in Murder, Forgotten. Annabelle is a not-terribly-nice Shiba Inu who lives with me, but I loaned her to fictional Julianna.
Carrie: haha love that!
Deb: Coffee. Our joke at the church I led for 15 years was that a sign on the coffee pot didn’t say “Brewed at 11:15 AM” but “Brewed August 15” or “Brewed a week ago last Thursday.”
Carrie: lol that’s some seriously steeped coffee 😉
Deb: Netflix. How can I turn down the people who brought us “Bloodline”?
Carrie: I’ve never seen it – but it sounds intriguing!
Deb: Ocean. When I haven’t had a sabbatical to finish a book, I’ve often plopped a small table on the balcony of a rented beach house to finish during vacations. Luckily, my family members were good sports and kept the coffee coming.
Carrie: sounds like a delightful place to write!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Deb: I hate to sound like Pollyanna, but it would be to provide decent affordable housing to everyone.
Carrie: that would be such a life-saving superpower to have
Q: Tell me some good books you’ve read lately.
Deb: Oh, my. I read one or two books a week, five on vacation, so this is hard. I’d say Jodi Picoult’s “Leaving Time,” Lisa Gardner’s “Never Tell,” Delia Owens’ “Where the Crawdads Sing,” Tara Westover’s “Educated,” Harlan Coben’s “Missing You,” Ilhan’s Omar’s “This Is What America Looks Like,” and fellow Greenvillian Jo Watson Hackl’s “Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe.” Don’t you love her title?
Carrie: what a fabulous title! I loved Leaving Time – and Where the Crawdads Sing & Educated are my towering TBR list!!
Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Deb: I converted our sunroom into my office. Its five uncovered windows let in green light from all the trees in the back yard. On the walls are watercolors of beaches I love – from Key West to Turks and Caicos. Wicker couches are accented with pillows covered in a bright yellow fabric covered in flip-flops. A table holds conch shells, sand dollars and lacy, petrified coral. When I’m musing, I can twirl my office chair and take in family photos and hilarious cartoons drawn by a former parishioner.
Carrie: sounds wonderful!
Q: Which of your main characters is most like you?
Deb: You might think Julianna – an aging murder mystery writer with a faulty memory. (Ask anyone who knows me!) But I purposely imbued her with characteristics I didn’t like – especially, an aloofness from her children. I think my adult children would tell you I was all over them.
Carrie: oh i like that twist – of purposely giving her characteristics you didn’t like!
Q: Did you have the whole plot outlined before you started writing, or did you let the characters dictate what came next?
Deb: I never have the plot outlined because I think I would get bored if I already knew what was going to happen. In fact, in Murder, Forgotten, my husband and I had come up with a resolution I really liked. Then as I was writing, the characters led me away from it. He was surprised when he read the manuscript. I intend to use that original idea in another book.
Carrie: i love this!
Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from Murder, Forgotten & why do you love it?
Deb: This may be on my mind because an early reviewer on Goodreads picked it out. The line was a toast from Julianna’s publicist/editor husband: “The hardest thing about good writing … is to make it look easy.” The reviewer went on to say “this is exactly what Deb Richardson-Moore has done in Murder, Forgotten.”
Carrie: what a fabulous compliment!
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Deb: I retired as pastor of the Triune Mercy Center on Aug. 1, 2020, so I will be writing books full time for the first time in my life. I see Chapter 1 of my life as a journalist (27 years), Chapter 2 as a minister (15 years), and now Chapter 3 as a novelist. Fingers crossed!
Carrie: yay!! Congratulations on retirement ♥
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What about you? What makes you want to read Murder, Forgotten by Deb Richardson-Moore?